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Robert Kroetsch and Archival Culture in the Canadian Long Poem

Abstract : This paper will examine how the long poem has followed upon a strong narrative tradition in Canadian writing, and in doing so, worked to redefine the relationship between memory and the modalities used to fashion the poem as an agency of cultural consciousness. Through the example of Robert Kroetsch’s archival poetics, it will be suggested how a postmodern vision of provisionality takes shape in the contemporary context alongside an inquisitive, epistemological direction to poetic creation that suggests ties between poetic and documentary strains of writing. As such, how the long poem in the work of Robert Kroetsch queries the relationship between poetic imagination, myth and memory will form the basis of our argument.
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Fiona Mcmahon. Robert Kroetsch and Archival Culture in the Canadian Long Poem. Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies : Revue interdisciplinaire des études canadiennes en France, Association française des études canadiennes (AFEC), 2013, Mémoire(s) : construction, interprétation, enjeux, pp.73-85. ⟨10.4000/eccs.250⟩. ⟨halshs-01276547⟩

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